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BMW X5 'most desirable for thieves'

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A new study by Tracker stolen vehicle recovery systems has found that thieves are most keen on stealing BMW X5s and Range Rovers, suggesting that owners of these cars may have to fork out more on car insurance.

The cars topped the list of 10 most frequently stolen and recovered vehicles of 2010, followed by BMW M3 and Audi RS4 in the third and fourth spots.

Stephen Doran, managing director of Tracker, said: "Once again our top 10 list shows the thieves' favourites, with the Mercedes SLK and CLK also remaining at the top of the league.

"The VW Golf is an interesting new entry at number nine, proving that it's not just owners of prestige vehicles who need to take note. In fact, 65% of the vehicles we recovered in 2010 were worth £25,000 or less, with just 6% being worth £50,000 to £100,000."

A Peugeot 406 and a Ford Sierra were the lowest value vehicles stolen, coming in at £1,000 each.

A Bentley GTC was the most valuable stolen car recovered by Tracker, with a price tag of £130,000.

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